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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2; Solo Violin Sonata; Duo Violin Sonata / Viktoria Mullova, violin; Tedi Papravarni, piano; Frankfurt Radio SO, Paavo Järvi

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for 2 violins in C major, Op. 56
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin solo in D major, Op. 115
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Viktoria Mullova joins the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by Paavo Järvi, for a recording of music by Sergei Prokofiev. Robert Soetens premièred the Duo Sonata in Paris in December 1932, partnered by Samuel Dushkin, for whom Stravinsky had recently composed a violin concerto. Knowing of Prokofiev's rivalry with Stravinsky, Soetens persuaded Prokofiev to write him a concerto. Composed in 1935 just before Prokofiev resettled in Soviet Russia, the Violin Concerto No.2 includes in its central movement one of his most celebrated long-arching melodies. The Solo Sonata was an official commission towards the end of Prokofiev's life. Originally intended for an ensemble of talented child violinists, Prokofiev wrote the work that it could also be played by a soloist.

MusicWeb International, September 2015
An immensely enjoyable release.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
Viktoria Mullova's admirers will welcome this chance to hear her latest thoughts on a favourite concerto... don't expect the sweet unflappability of Guro Kleven Hagen in the main work; Mullova's interpretation is made of sterner stuff... [her] sound is as big and well-rounded as ever, not without that familiar touch of steel... competition is fierce, but then Mullova is in a league of her own.

Musical Opinion, October-December 2015
Mullova's playing... is, at all times, utterly faithful to the score and is totally committed to the great Russian composer ... the performances of both Sonatas could surely not be improved upon by any artist, and Mullova's commitment here raises the stature of these works considerable.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Alte Oper, Frankfurt (05/17/2012/05/18/2012); Hessischer Rundfunk, Sendesaal, Frankfurt (05/17/2012/05/18/2012); Alte Oper, Frankfurt (12/07/2014); Hessischer Rundfunk, Sendesaal, Frankfurt (12/07/2014).



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Alte Oper, Frankfurt (05/17/2012/05/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for 2 violins in C major, Op. 56
  • Performers: Viktoria Mullova (Violin); Tedi Papavrami (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin solo in D major, Op. 115
  • Performer: Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947
  • Studio/Live: Live